The Vieillot’s black weaver (Ploceus nigerrimus) is a species of bird in the Ploceidae family. The Ploceidae, or weavers, are small passerine birds related to the finches.
The Vieillot’s black weaver is found in Angola, Benin, Burundi,Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon,Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests.
Information on weavers:
These are seed-eating birds with rounded conical bills. The weaver group is divided into the buffalo, sparrow, typical, and widow weavers. The males of many species are brightly colored, usually, in red or yellow and black, some species show variation in color only in the breeding season.
Weaver birds, also known as weaver finches, get their name because of their elaborately woven nests (the most elaborate of any birds’), though some are notable for their selective parasitic nesting habits. The nests vary in size, shape, materials used, and construction techniques from species to species. Materials used for building nests include fine leaf-fibers, grass, and twigs. Many species weave very fine nests using thin strands of leaf fiber, though some, like the buffalo-weavers, form massive untidy stick nests in their colonies, which may have spherical woven nests within. Most species weave nests that have narrow entrances, facing downward.
Many weaver species are gregarious and breed colonially. The birds build their nests together for protection, often several to a branch. Usually, the male birds weave the nests and use them as a form of display to lure prospective females
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